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532 People in sitter grouping:

Some of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer sitters and artists represented in the collection.

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Berenice Abbott

1898-1991
Photographer
Artist of 4 portraits
Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd

1949-
Novelist, biographer and critic
Sitter in 1 portrait
Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams

1982-
Boxer; Olympian
Sitter in 1 portrait
Thomas Joseph Edmund Adès

Thomas Joseph Edmund Adès

1971-
Composer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Dame Louisa Brandreth Aldrich-Blake

Dame Louisa Brandreth Aldrich-Blake

1865-1925
Surgeon; first British woman to obtain the degree of Master of Surgery; daughter of Frederick James Aldrich-Blake
Sitter in 2 portraits
Mary Sophia Allen

Mary Sophia Allen

1878-1964
Founder and Commandant of Women Police in London
Sitter in 2 portraits
Marc Almond

Marc Almond

1957-
Musician, singer and songwriter for 'Soft Cell'
Sitter in 3 portraits
Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay Anderson

1923-1994
Film, television and stage director
Sitter in 9 portraits
Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading

1950-
Singer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir Frederick Ashton

Sir Frederick Ashton

1904-1988
Founder-choreographer and Director of the Royal Ballet
Sitter in 31 portraits
Anthony Asquith

Anthony Asquith

1902-1968
Film director
Sitter associated with 31 portraits
W.H. Auden

W.H. Auden

1907-1973
Poet
Sitter in 43 portraits
Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon

1923-2004
Fashion photographer
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist of 10 portraits
Don Bachardy

Don Bachardy

1934-
Artist
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist of 9 portraits
Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

1909-1992
Painter
Sitter in 47 portraits
Christopher Bailey

Christopher Bailey

1971-
Fashion designer; former Chief Executive Officer of Burberry
Sitter in 2 portraits
Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

1906-1975
Dancer, singer and actress
Sitter in 2 portraits
James Baldwin

James Baldwin

1924-1987
Writer and critic
Sitter in 1 portrait
Cristobal Balenciaga

Cristobal Balenciaga

1895-1972
Fashion designer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Eve Balfour

Eve Balfour

1898-1990
Promoter of organic farming; co-founder and Honorary Life President of the The Soil Association
Sitter in 3 portraits
Tallulah Bankhead

Tallulah Bankhead

1902-1968
Actress
Sitter in 50 portraits
John Banting

John Banting

1902-1972
Painter
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 7 portraits
Clive Barker

Clive Barker

1952-
Writer, artist and film-maker
Sitter in 1 portrait
Lionel Bart

Lionel Bart

1930-1999
Composer, lyricist and playwright
Sitter in 8 portraits
Sir Alan Bates

Sir Alan Bates

1934-2003
Actor
Sitter in 7 portraits
Simon Russell Beale

Simon Russell Beale

1961-
Actor
Sitter in 1 portrait
Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton

1904-1980
Photographer, designer and writer
Sitter associated with 361 portraits | Artist associated with 1112 portraits
William (Thomas) Beckford

William (Thomas) Beckford

1760-1844
Writer and slave owner
Sitter in 3 portraits
Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett

1934-
Playwright
Sitter in 25 portraits
E.F. Benson

E.F. Benson

1867-1940
Novelist
Sitter in 16 portraits
Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley

Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley

1903-1989
Composer
Sitter in 23 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners

Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners

1883-1950
Musician, artist and writer
Sitter associated with 29 portraits
Anthony Blunt

Anthony Blunt

1907-1983
Art historian and Soviet spy
Sitter in 7 portraits
Sir Dirk Bogarde

Sir Dirk Bogarde

1921-1999
Actor
Sitter in 10 portraits
Rosa Bonheur

Rosa Bonheur

1822-1899
Painter and sculptor
Sitter in 7 portraits
Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen

1899-1973
Novelist and writer
Sitter in 20 portraits
Leigh Bowery

Leigh Bowery

1961-1994
Performance artist
Sitter in 6 portraits
David Bowie

David Bowie

1947-2016
Singer, songwriter, performer and actor
Sitter in 19 portraits
Ben Bradshaw

Ben Bradshaw

1960-
Politician; MP for Exeter and radio reporter
Sitter in 2 portraits
Tom Driberg

Tom Driberg

1905-1976
Journalist and politician
Sitter in 9 portraits
Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten

1913-1976
Composer
Sitter in 120 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits
Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke

1887-1915
Poet
Sitter in 21 portraits
Mel B

Mel B

1975-
Singer; member of Spice Girls
Sitter in 3 portraits
Julie Burchill

Julie Burchill

1959-
Writer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Guy Burgess

Guy Burgess

1911-1963
Soviet spy
Sitter in 1 portrait
Edward Burra

Edward Burra

1905-1976
Painter
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist of 3 portraits
William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs

1914-1997
Writer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Lord Byron

Lord Byron

1788-1824
Poet
Sitter in 37 portraits
Simon Callow

Simon Callow

1949-
Actor and director
Sitter in 3 portraits
Edward Carpenter

Edward Carpenter

1844-1929
Writer on social subjects
Sitter in 9 portraits
Dora Carrington

Dora Carrington

1893-1932
Artist
Sitter in 20 portraits | Artist associated with 10 portraits
Roger Casement

Roger Casement

1864-1916
Diplomatist and Irish rebel
Sitter in 2 portraits
Michael Cashman

Michael Cashman

1950-
Actor and writer; gay rights activist and member of the European Parliament
Sitter in 1 portrait
Graham Chapman

Graham Chapman

1941-1989
Comedian and actor
Sitter in 1 portrait
Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin

1940-1989
Writer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Ossie Clark

Ossie Clark

1942-1996
Fashion designer
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke

1917-2008
Scientist, writer and author of science fiction
Sitter in 2 portraits
Julian Clary

Julian Clary

1959-
Comedian and entertainer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Montgomery Clift

Montgomery Clift

1920-1966
Actor
Sitter in 1 portrait
Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau

1889-1963
Poet, playwright and film-director; Artist
Sitter in 11 portraits